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Welcome to the Redesigned ISAS Staff Intranet Site
The pages on this site are the up-to-date information of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Please email the ISAS webmaster with any corrections, additions, or suggestions.
Under the Governor's Executive Order all travel needs to be pre-approved unless you are using an ISAS vehicle for a day trip. If you intent to collect mileage, per diem or other travel expenses the approval form is strictly required and an executed form must be turned in with you reimbursement request.
New IIBS Field Form (February 2015)
We have made some changes and updates to the IIBS Database online access. There are three significant changes, which should be noted:
1. Previously each site had one record, which was updated after each site revisit. Under this new system, each revisit will get it’s own record. In other words, you are no longer modifying the existing record for a site after you make a revisit, rather you will create a new record for your revisit.
2. Previously users downloaded the PDF, added their revisit form, and uploaded it back up to the record. Under the new system, you will no longer need to append the PDF. Rather, you will send a copy of your IIBS Site Visit Recordation Form to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will add it to the cumulative PDF for that site. Note that each record for a given site will share the cumulative PDF for that site.
3. Begin each new record by entering the site number (e.g., 11A9999) and then hit “submit.” There are several fields which will be automatically populated. Do not change the information in these fields.
We believe that these new protocols will ensure data integrity and overall make the database easier to use.
IDOT-ISAS Borrow Area Archaeological Review Process
UIUC Winter Weather-Related Information
Link: UI Policy on Inclement Weather [pdf]
FY15 Driver Approval Form
Link: Driver approval form [pdf]
U of I Campus is Now Smoke-Free
As of January 1, 2014, smoking is prohibited on all campus property at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, both indoors and outdoors, in university-owned vehicles and in privately-owned vehicles parked on campus property. The advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products is also prohibited on campus property. Littering the remains of tobacco products or any other related waste product on campus property is further prohibited.
Link: Complete policy
As part of its mission ISAS seeks to disseminate information about Illinois' rich archaeological heritage to the public and to professional communities. In order to document the time spent participating in these outreach activities, please fill out the attached form and please return to Eve Hargrave.
Link: Outreach Form [pdf]
posted: 9/6/13 RS
IDOT- ISAS Compliance Workshop
On July 29, 2013, Brad Koldehoff (IDOT Chief Archaeologist) hosted a one-day workshop to discuss Federal and State legal compliance and field investigation guidelines. Approximately 40 staff members from ISAS field stations, as well as IDOT and IHPA gathered at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center in Springfield, IL.
Presentations were made by Brad Koldehoff, Dawn E. Cobb (HSRPA Coordinator for IHPA), Dr. Kris Hedman (ATAM Associate Director), and Dr. Brian Adams (ISAS Assistant Director of Statewide Surveys). Topics covered at this workshop included Section 106 compliance, the HSRPA process in Illinois, ISAS-IDOT human remains protocol, ISAS-IHPA guidelines for field investigations, and the process to “mitigate an adverse effect” for IDOT projects.
Please see the links below for the related presentations:
posted 8/9/13 RS
Pre-approved travel forms from OVCR via PRI
We have been informed that the OVCR requires pre-approved travel forms for all travel by ISAS staff. It is not yet clear what this means for staff on the road on a daily basis to do survey and excavation. At a minimum it will be required for all out of state travel. Consequently each individual going to the MAC conference who will be requesting time off, hotel, per diem, registration, or other reimbursements must have one of these forms completed.
Supervisors -- Please insure that these are distributed to staff and that they are aware of the rules.
Link: Prior Approval Travel Form [pdf] Open in Acrobat 9 or later.
ISAS General Burial Notification Protocol
Revised February 2012 in consultation with IDOT.
Link: ISAS General Burial Notification Protocol
MOA in place for the Mitigation of Euro-American Traditions Sites
This has been and extensive process that John and Brad have been pursuing for at least two years. It essentially gets us back to the process we had several years ago before everything was put on hold by the FHWA review. This will facilitate our work on these types of sites. Please read the attached document - my understanding is that it goes into effect as of the date of signature. Field Station Coordinators and Statewide surveyors need to understand and begin to implement this process.
NEW Protocol for communicating with outside agencies, etc.
Statewide ISAS and district personnel:
Recently we have had a number of unfortunate incidents of contacts between district surveyors and other field personnel with various private individuals, organizations, tribes, and agencies that indicate that there is a misunderstanding of basic protocol in conducting such communications. In all of the specific instances that I am aware of these inappropriate communications directly stem from ISAS staff attempts to be helpful, cooperative, and to facilitate the process -- all good intentions that can have very negative impacts on the IDOT-ISAS relationship that is the heart of our program. In each case the problem came from the ISAS staffer not recognizing that they did not have the responsibility, the authority, or the authorization from superiors to be involved in that conversation.
Link: Protocol for communicating with outside agencies, etc. [from Polices tab]
Updated: 03/02/2015 RS